Country: Puerto Rico
Language: English, Spanish
Running Time: 108min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award
A celebration of cultural confluences on and off the court, Nuyorican Básquet chronicles the dramatic story of the Puerto Rican national basketball team’s participation in the 1979 Pan American Games.
Boasting a totally unique approach to the game, the Puerto Rican team had the curious distinction of being composed largely of players born in New York City, which generated questions about the nature of diasporic identity. Regardless of their birthplace, these ferociously talented nuyoricans became a source of fascination and pride for Puerto Rico during a time of high political tensions.
Shifting energetically between new interviews with athletes and experts and fantastic archival materials showing off the team’s dazzling technique and teamwork, Nuyorican Básquet is a thrilling, colorful testament to the ability of sports to dissolve boundaries and a loving homage to that magical Puerto Rico-NYC alchemy.
The screening will be introduced by native Puerto Rican, former Olympian and Telemundo sports commentator Edgar López.
Director: Julio César Torres, Ricardo Olivero Lora
Producer: Freddie Marrero Alfonso
Screenwriter: Julio César Torres, Ricardo Olivero Lora
Executive Producer: Freddie Marrero Alfonso
Production Company: Filmes Filigrana
Music: Furito Ríos
Cinematographer: Santiago Benet
Editor: Eduardo Mariota